Umbria Jazz & More Sparkly Lights in Orvieto
If you are in the charming, medieval city of Orvieto, Italy for the holidays, be sure to check out the annual Umbria Jazz Winter festival. The dates of the 2011 festival run from 28 December 2011 to New Years’ Day 1 January 2012. This festival features the best in Italian and international jazz, from a variety of genres/musical traditions. It is a great way to take in a concert inside Orvieto’s spectacular Gothic-Romanesque duomo (cathedral) and spend the last few days of each year in the the green heart of Italy: the region of Umbria. Many of the concerts are free and worth listening to. For those who want to enjoy the town’s vibrant social life and mouth-watering cuisine, feel free to indulge in the many Umbria Jazz sponsored events, such as Jazz lunch and dinner specials in many of the local trattorias, happy hours and the famous Umbria Jazz wine and gourmet sessions.
While you are at it, don’t forget to take some time just to walk around the city and take in the dazzling Christmas lights and many nativity scenes (presepe) that randomly pop up around town during this joyous time of year. Orvieto is certainly the place to be for a more rustic and peaceful Italian holiday celebration.